In the parable that Jesus tells in the gospel reading for today, he says that a master would never say to a servant, "Come here at once and take your place at the table." Yet that is exactly what Jesus is saying to us now. John quotes Jesus as saying, "I no longer call you servants... Now, I call you friends."
So marvel at this amazing thing: The one who is our Lord and Master welcomes us to this table as friends. If Jesus himself, isn't going to act higher than us, there's absolutely no reason we should act as though some of us are higher or more important. We're all friends here. We're all family.
Let us pray.
God who loves us enough to call us friends, we thank you for Jesus, who came to show us how to be friends with you and with each other. We thank you that he gave his life to tear down the walls that separated us from you and each other. We thank you for these symbols, the bread and cup, that remind us of all he gave to restore us to life together.
Now, as we eat the bread and drink from the cup, restore your Spirit in us, that we can reach out to all those other brothers and sisters in the world and welcome them too, as friends.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.